Viking Spotlight: Elizabeth Brewer

Written by Olivia Gillespie – Foundation Intern, Fall 2020

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Elizabeth Brewer came from a family of educators with both of her parents being teachers in the Sampson County Schools system. During high school Elizabeth attended Midway High School while also attending Sampson Community College (SCC). As a senior and junior in high school, she took part in the Career and College Promise program at SCC. Because of this program, Elizabeth was able to obtain an Associate of Arts degree when she graduated from high school. Now, like her parents, Elizabeth is on track to becoming an educator.

In 2018, Elizabeth graduated from Midway High School and SCC. After graduation she then went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). Elizabeth is on track to graduate from UNCP in May of 2021 with degrees in both Elementary Education and Special Education. Seeing her parents work in education her entire life inspired her to pursue education.

Perry Gillespie, Director of the Career and College Promise program stated, “Elizabeth worked hard for her degree, and we are so pleased she was one of the first in our program to complete it.”

Elizabeth has been able to pursue her education at full speed since she obtained her associate degree while still in high school. She still remembers the time that she spent while being a student at SCC.

Elizabeth stated, “I really enjoyed Sampson Community College. It was very well put together and organized. Sampson Community College was very helpful, and I felt as if everyone was on my side.”

When going to study at UNCP, Elizabeth understood the difficulty of college because of her experience when taking classes at SCC through the Career and College Promise program. Elizabeth knew how to handle taking college courses because of her experience in high school.

When asked what she would say to someone considering attending SCC, Elizabeth replied, “SCC is a good option because it saves you money for when you decide to go to college. It gives you more opportunities for when you do go to college.”

After Elizabeth graduates from UNCP in May of 2021, she plans to get a job in either Cumberland County or Wake County. She hopes to teach second grade. When she graduates, she will have a Bachelor’s degrees in both Elementary Education and Special Education.

Elizabeth Brewer started college education at Sampson Community College when she was in high school and earned her associate degree. Now, she is on track to becoming an elementary and special education teacher only two years after she graduated from high school. Elizabeth has a very bright future ahead of her as an educator.

About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.

Elizabeth Brewer on the University of North Carolina at Pembroke campus. (Courtesy Photo)